Saturday, January 19, 2019

We Decided on a Drilling Rig

Praise the Lord! As many of you may know we came to Santa Cruz, Bolivia to purchase a rig to drill water wells for the poor here. We decided on a rig today and Lord willing the deal will be finalized next Monday! We still need to transport the rig a three days' journey through the jungle, etc. Here is a short video for those interested. Thank you all for your prayers and financial support that helped make this possible:

We are in Santa Cruz, Bolivia Looking for a Drilling Rig

An update on our search for a drilling rig:

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Harmless Humor from our Travels Near and Abroad

Below is a short video containing clips and photos which we hope will touch you with laughter, sweetness and compassion.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Video and Fundraiser

What a blessing! We have finally had a few days to learn how to combine photos, videos, sounds, etc., to create a twelve minute video of our work with the poor. This video specifically contains only information on our Bolivian water well projects. The first five minutes is a presentation, then the photos and video clips. We hope to have more time to create a full and detailed documentary containing other works we have done or supported. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bolivian Wells Were Not Dry!

We recently returned to the States from Bolivia 10/28/2018. We visited to check on the four water wells we drilled for the Tsimenes in the Madidi jungle last summer as the tenth month of the year is the end of dry season and the wells were not dry and functional! We were also able to spend a day with a well driller from Santa Cruz who has been drilling wells for fifteen years and was able to glean from his experience.
Wells are probably the better option for clean and safe drinking water where we have focused our time and resources. However, another great way to provide clean and biologically safe drinking water for the poor in developing countries is through supplying Sawyer Filters and teaching the locals how to use, clean and maintain them.
We are still doing construction work currently to provide for our necessities. However, we are hoping to purchase a drilling rig in Santa Cruz, Bolivia before next summer to drill the wells there from now on. Also, we are seriously considering visiting some families in India early next year. We hope to establish solid long term relationships who could help coordinate future water projects and other needs that need met. After we finish these few construction jobs were have, we plan to focus on The Blessing of Water Inc developments such as: creating a documentary of our work and missions, designing some brochures and engaging in some fundraisers, one being to sell the hand crafted items made in Bolivia that we purchased in La Paz last month.
Many have already voiced interest in the items so these products may go fast. If any are interested in donating to our organization you may click on the following link.
We are a 501 c3 nonprofit organization and none of the officers or directors have been compensated or paid one penny for their work. Travel, food and lodging expenses pertaining to the water projects have been supplied by the organization. Thanks to all for the participation we have experienced:

Another way to support the cause is by sharing our posts on Facebook, sharing our website, liking our Facebook page, telling all your friends and family, and by ordering through Amazon. They have a program called "Amazon Smile". Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to The Blessing of Water Inc when you shop at if you select us as your desired Charity. (You can select a different charitable organization after signing in.) This way you can help us help the poor when you make purchases on Amazon that you would normally make by choosing our non profit. Click the link below to choose The Blessing of Water Inc to be your Amazon Smile non profit:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Romanian House for Orphans

Praise the Lord! After returning from Bolivia last July we visited a brother for a couple of weeks to help him with his business. Then we traveled to our home base located in Tulsa, Oklahoma to stay for a couple of evenings before leaving for Los Angeles, California to encourage a dear brother for a weekend, then returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma where we worked seven days week for about five weeks so we could leave to do more charitable work. 

We flew from the New York city airport to Copenhagen, Denmark, then from there to Budapest, Hungary and are now traveling by van to Romania. There is a family we have come in contact with who left the States a few years ago and moved to Romania and has adopted a few orphans with severe medical needs. They desire to adopt more such orphans but the government has certain rules which require a certain amount of living space per adopted orphan. So the family has architectural drawings which we intend to use to frame them a house so they can legally adopt more orphans. We have arrangements to be in Romania for about 30 days and plan to build the house with a circular saw, hammer, and nails. This trip was funded by a donor who believes in their mission. We only have about one third of the lumber. If we do not receive the lumber to finish building the house before leaving we may build them a septic tank. The Blessing of Water Inc is volunteering their time. Most expenses have been paid for.

After we return to the States from Romania we plan to drive to Miami, Florida from the New York airport to return to Bolivia. By this time the end of dry season should be approaching and we plan to make sure that the four water wells we drilled last summer for the Tsimenes in the Madidi jungle are not dry and still functional. We also plan to check on a fence project which was funded for a poor family who has tried to grow their food but which wild animals have destroyed because there was no fence keeping them out. Furthermore, there are other poor tribes in Bolivia that our contact plans to take us to visit that we may establish relationships, document their needs, and plan potential water projects. We plan to be in Bolivia for two weeks. 

Next we are hoping to travel to northern Michigan to help a sister who's husband divorced her and who is trying to set up a homestead to raise her children. She is remaining faithful to her marriage covenant. She has been alone for a few years. She does not have much support there. She purchased some property with a little inheritance she received and a trailer home but the exterior of the trailer home is unfinished. If we can make it there before winter sets in we plan to install the sheathing, moisture wrap, and siding to finish the exterior. Thankfully there are a couple of other brothers from other states interested in helping us with this project. 

In Tulsa, Oklahoma we have several customers who will have waited for us to complete these missions so we could do some work for them for personal income. One wants us to finish out their basement, another desires a covered back porch patio with a vaulted ceiling with a hipped roof which matches the rest of the house, another needs a metal roof and several windows replaced, another wants us to build them a home and there is more. Thankfully our customers want us to do the work! They trust us, believe in our mission, and consider our work to be good quality. Therefore, they are willing to wait between missions for us to do the work. 

During our personal income work we have plans to visit India and Africa to confirm and establish relationships and to document needs for potential water projects. We hope to do this between jobs this winter. 

It is a blessing to labor for what is eternal as our Lord commanded His disciples (John 6:29). We have experienced an increased joy and strength amidst all of our trials and work! Our first love is kindled bright! We are at peace working seven days a week when necessary because we believe that against such work (charity) there is no law. Time is short! The need is great! The laborers are few! May the Lord stir all of our hearts to a deeper devotion, clearer understanding, and an increased vision for His holy will and everlasting kingdom! 

We have been blessed and encouraged by all the financial support that keeps coming in, for all of the prayers and those who have taken interest and time to leave us encouraging messages. Please pray for our thoughts to be guided by the Spirit of God as we travel and labor; that the unity of the Spirit would be kept in the bond of peace; that we would have favor with authorities and customs agents; that we would be sensitive to the spiritual needs of those around us. God will not forget labors of love! Teamwork makes His dream work! Images of the Romania house for orphans are below.

Grace and peace be multiplied unto all!
David Valderrama

Friday, July 27, 2018

Bolivia Well Projects Financial Report 2018

Four wells completed, improved another well, and gave other needful and useful items to the Tsimenes who live in the Madidi Jungle.

§  Project Expenses:  Money directly used for well material, hired workers to help with well labor and set-up, drilling rig and equipment, etc. $6,139.86

§  Travel Expenses:  Plane tickets (to Bolivia and within Bolivia for four officers and one director which we all worked on the projects), gas, taxis (in Bolivia), river crossings (in Bolivia), and tolls.  $4,599.13

§  Lodging Expenses from 05/27/2018 to 06/28/2018:  Rooms to, in, and from Bolivia over the period of thirty three days. $876.51

§  Food/Needs Expenses: Food, water, medicine, toilet paper, batteries, cell phone data, etc. $821.12

§  Service Expenses: Parking garage for the van, ATM fees (money donated while we were in Bolivia could only be withdrawn in small amounts from the ATM which we traveled about three hours to use in Rurrenabaque. There were several small fees which totaled nearly $70), travel agent fees, Western Union transfer fees, local guide and assistance fees, laundry, and currency exchange fees. $778.92

§  Miscellaneous Expenses: Cheap tents to camp with in the jungle, sleeping pads, cheap rubber work boots, sun hats, cell phone, money given to the poor locals, cooking utensils, machetes, water bottles, etc. (a lot of this stuff we gave to the Tsimenes where we drilled the wells and they were VERY THANKFUL i.e. tents, utensils, etc.) $645.16
Total amount of expenses used from The Blessing of Water Inc business account for the 2018 Bolivian well projects: $13,860.70

The above total does not include $1,716.98 that we used on our personal credit card. We also donated some personal funds included in the $13,860.70. We are not reimbursing ourselves for the credit card amount, nor is anyone currently compensated for their work. We are happy to serve for free. However, if we were occupied drilling wells and ministering to the poor full-time we would need a little compensation: currently, all of the officers and directors live together on 2 ½ acres with a few others. We all have been living off of less than $21,000 each year. We have been working with our hands to provide for our needs and the needs of others. 

The IRS requires every 501 c3 nonprofit organization to file an annual 990 tax return. This return is in the public domain so that donors may learn how their contributions are really being used. We encourage everyone to do their research. Look up your favorite charity. Some claim that 100% of your donations are used only for the projects. I have researched this and found this to be untrue. I have researched many noteworthy and “trustworthy” organizations that are doing a great work, but are not totally transparent. In the 990 IRS tax form you can easily learn how much the CEO and other officers and directors are allowing themselves to be compensated for their labor (salaries) and how many hours they work each week for the organization. You can also learn if they pay themselves bonuses and other rewards. You will be surprised. We were. The lowest salary I have seen is about $50,000 each year for one officer . . . the highest is nearly $1,000,000 each year for one officer! At first I tried to give the CEO the benefit of the doubt by thinking, “Surely they give back to the organization”. But that would not make any sense as every officer has to pay taxes on what they receive for their salaries. That being said, we are sincerely hoping to earn the trust of supporters by being very transparent and encouraging all to do their research. Since we are a newly formed (2018) 501 c3 nonprofit, we have no 990 tax form as of yet.

The IRS does not require nonprofits to reveal their personal income or expenses unaffiliated with the nonprofit. But we think it would be encouraging to others. Where does the money go that we personally earn doing construction? This money we earn is not affiliated with The Blessing of Water Inc. This is our personal work/business and we use the money we earn from this personal work to provide for eight persons in the following way (estimated costs):
Monthly property 2 1/2 acres and house payment: $400.
Monthly van Payment: $200.
Monthly cell phone and internet:  About $300.
Monthly electric bill: $200.
Monthly water bill: $75.
Monthly cars and home insurance average: $158.33.
Gasoline: $225
Monthly Christian healthcare payment:  $45.00
Monthly food and hygiene: $60.00 (we recycle most of our food and hygiene products therefore this total is only estimated at $60 per month for 8 people)
Monthly garbage: $24
Property tax: $29.16 (Annually about $350 taxes on 2 ½ acres and one home)
Now all of the above is necessary for The Blessing of Water Inc to continue, for example: You cannot have a nonprofit organization without a physical address. We cannot make posts without any internet. We cannot make the necessary calls for our work without phones, or send emails and do easy research without service or internet. If we were citizens of a developing nation and based there our cost of living would decrease exponentially. But for a few small families living together in the U.S. we are doing what we can to minimize personal costs to maximize our giving.

Total of personal expenses which we pay for using money we personally earn doing construction work NOT associated with The Blessing of Water Inc:  $1,716.49 monthly; this would be $20,597.88 annually. Now only four of the eight persons living here are officers of the organization. Collectively, even if we were receiving $500,000 each year in donations and worked full-time ministering to the poor, our personal expenses would not change and all that we would need for personal expenses is the above total $20,597.88, providing all prices of things continue as they are and no emergencies, etc. arise. That is less than half of what the least paid single officer of a nonprofit organization which has the most modest salaries that I found online in the 990 tax forms receive annually. I am not trying to condemn a modest salary but we have learned a few things about living simply, that others may simply live.

You may be asking yourself: Is all of this personal information about the officers of The Blessing of Water Inc necessary? For some no; others possibly; still others, yes. We (as well as so many we have met) have heard of so many crooked and dishonest charities, officers of the organizations crying on television because children are starving or need clean water while they wear gold and live in luxury homes or even have multiple homes. Charities have lost their credibility! Folks have seen the hypocrisy and desire to give but do not want to support hypocrites. Many officers of nonprofit organizations have multiple homes or have a nice home for one single family: there are a few small families living on our property in one home. Many officers go out for fine dining with salaries they receive for their “charitable” services: we primarily recycle food from the metal bins behind grocery stores. Many officers of nonprofits have no convictions forbidding them to use money they receive from the nonprofit organization for their services on vacations, decorations for their homes, bodies, lawns, and cars; to purchase collectibles, antiques, souvenirs, junk foods, hobbies, entertainments, etc.; we do not use any personal money, much less donations, period, for vacations, hobbies, decorations, souvenirs, antiques, collectibles, junk foods, or entertainments or for any such like things. Rather, we strive to use all of our time and resources to help those in need. We are learning to live simply, that others may simply live.
We thank everyone for their support and genuine love for the poor. We would not have been able to provide four wells and other needs of the Tsimenes by ourselves in such a short time without the help of those who gave. 

Romania 08/2018
We have been informed of a building project in Romania. A family has moved to the country to adopt orphans with medical needs. They need volunteers to help construct a home for their family and those whom they have adopted and hope to adopt. Our plane tickets, food, and lodging have already been vouched for/sponsored. We are not receiving any money for our labors so we only need to complete a few personal construction projects in Oklahoma to earn what we need to pay for our personal expenses for about one month. We may stay in Romania for 3-5 weeks. We are still thoughtfully considering how long we should stay. We are planning to leave approximately 08/20/2018.
Bolivia 10/2018
Ryan Luedeker (Treasurer) and David Valderrama (President), plan to return to Bolivia in October 2018 during dry season to check on the wells we drilled, travel to other needy villages, and to document the fence project. Our Bolivian contacts have informed us that the need for safe and clean water in Bolivia is large enough for us to drill ten wells each year for the next few years. There are other nonprofit organizations in Bolivia (especially near or in Santa Cruz) that drill wells but all the ones I emailed back and forth with have never drilled wells that far north. The area we drilled is difficult to reach. Ten wells every year could amount to possibly $17,000 each year for all expenses. We are also seeking to learn how to be more efficient and resourceful. If you have any ideas you may email

The Gambia Possibly Winter 2018
Furthermore, we are considering sending a committee to the Gambia, located in West Africa to research firsthand and to document the need for safe and clean water. We have heard reports of serious water-borne diseases and it is possible to relieve those afflicted and to prevent others from becoming afflicted by simply providing safe and clean water and potentially medicines to treat those infected. Teamwork makes the dreamwork. 
Asia and Africa 2019
India, Nepal, and Malawi we have also been considering. There are needs there, but funds are limited.
The need is great . . . but God’s love is greater!
Water is a very basic need. Statistics state that over six hundred million people around the world lack access to safe and clean water to simply drink; that thousands die every day from lack of sanitation and water related diseases. The problem is solvable. It would be a blessing to continue helping those born into such conditions. We are willing to live simply and go. We need your help to help them. We would be glad to hear back from any who read this letter and appreciate or do not appreciate it. Your response is welcome.

If you are interested in contributing towards helping folks get safe and clean water you may visit our donate page using the following link: 

If you desire to help with our cause but are unable to contribute financially, there is still a lot you can do by promoting our organization by telling friends and family, sharing our website, liking our page and posts on Facebook, or even doing your own private fundraisers!

We plan to make the documentary when we have time. We have no media director. However, David has some software he can use to create a documentary using videos, pictures, and other details of the trip when he has time. 
Grace and peace be with you all.

We Decided on a Drilling Rig

Praise the Lord! As many of you may know we came to Santa Cruz, Bolivia to purchase a rig to drill water wells for the poor here. We decided...